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Arth’s Pantheon: The Gods of Trade

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This is part of a series on Arth’s Pantheon. Twice a month we’re taking a look at life on Arth and the gods that shape it. If you’re new to the series, get started with an overview. This post looks at the gods of trade.

The gods of money and wealth predate the existence of an actual economy, which leads to some interesting discussion among Agekeepers. Some priests and philosophers think that these gods once represented greater themes, like want and hunger, and that the invention of money has shaped their divine nature. Other clergy members think that money corrupted the gods in some way, as though commerce denied the world nameless ideals by tainting the gods that championed them. Economists say that the world has enough ideals, and they pray to the gods of trade out pragmatism.

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SPFBO 2018 Highlights: A Selection of Worthy Competitors

This week, the finalists of 2018’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off are taking a moment to highlight other worthy entrants in this year’s competition. It’s the nature of the contest that great books will drop along the path to a single winner, and so it stands to reason that some indie gems fell by the wayside when the judges narrowed three-hundred books to ten finalists. Yesterday, Ruthless Magic author Megan Crewe honored a few noble competitors, and today it’s my turn to introduce you to another handful of excellent SPFBO 2018 books. One of them could be exactly what you’re looking for in your next read.
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The Dark Profit saga is an economically epic trilogy set on Arth, a world that's fantastic and familiar all at once. On Arth, professional heroes kill monsters for valuable loot, but it’s powerful corporations that reap the rewards.

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